Monday, September 05, 2022

Beech 36 Bonanza, N7835R: Accident occurred September 05, 2022 at Tupelo Regional Airport (KTUP), Lee County, Mississippi

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Otterstrom, Kevin

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Shimkus Aviation LLC

Location: Tupelo, Mississippi
Accident Number: CEN22LA407
Date and Time: September 5, 2022, 17:05 Local
Registration: N7835R
Aircraft: Beech 36 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N7835R
Model/Series: 36 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tupelo , MS (KTUP)
Destination: Tupelo, MS

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.269,-88.7698 (est)

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Date: 05-SEP-22
Time: 22:05:00Z
Regis#: N7835R
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

TUPELO, Mississippi • Emergency crews responded to a plane crash at the Tupelo Regional Airport on Monday evening.

According to Tupelo Police spokesman Major Charles "Chuck" McDougald, preliminary information is that a small plane "ran off a runway or taxiway." There were no injuries reported.

Fire Chief Kelly Elliot said the plane was landing when it crashed.

"Appears the guy may have forgot to put his landing gear down. He is appears to be OK but is getting checked out," Elliot said.

Emergency crews could be seen spraying the plane at approximately 5 p.m.

According to FAA registration information, the plane is a Beech 36 Bonanza owned by Shimkus Aviation, LLC, out of Leland. Wayne Anthony Shimkus and Keron Jean Shimkus are listed as the owners of the aviation company. As of 6 p.m. Monday night, the pilot's name had not been made public.

The incident comes two days after a Shannon man stole a plane from the airport and threatened to crash it into the West Main Street Walmart. After four-and-a-half hours, the suspect, Cory Patterson, crash landed the plane in a field in rural Tippah County. No one was injured in the incident.

Patterson faces state charges of grand larceny and making terrorist threats. The FBI is considering federal charges. A judge denied bond for Patterson on Sunday.


  1. It appears that the landing gear was down and the nose wheel collapsed
    Nice plane !

    1. Yes indeeed, hardly a gear up landing

    2. It was in the second episode of Columbo

  2. Is this the same airplane from the show "Columbo - Ransom for a Dead Man"?

    1. Yes, I am watching this show right now. (Ransom for a Dead Man) Wife is a pilot/Lawyer and shoots her husband with a .22 and comes up with a kidnapping plot. She asked Colombo to go flying and he takes her up on it even though he has a fear of flying to take the opportunity to question her. The A36 is shown doing a roll with Columbo in the right seat and he says do not do that again. She eggs him to try flying and actually flips the controls over to him and the airplane suddenly is all the sky! He almost loses his footing when he gets out of the plane and plants himself firmly on the ground.

  3. Same N numbers, different color.

    1. It was stripped and repainted in 1998 with the current jet white/aristo blue

  4. This is in fact the same plane in the 1971 Columbo episode

  5. Indeed it is the same aircraft lol. Watching the movie now. :)

  6. The same plane was also used in Banacek series Episode ( A million the hard way) Margot Kidder played the pilot (she played Louis Lane in superman movies.

  7. Also the same from "Ironside" episode 'Riddle at 24,000'.

  8. The pilot initially landed gear up then tried to extend the landing gear which failed to fully extend.

  9. Ironic that in the Banacek episode Margot Kidder almost lands gear up at KLAS but the warning horn alerts her and she executes a go around, landing successfully after extending gear manually. Too bad this pilot didn't heed the horn (no relation to 'fear the fork").

  10. Ha! Just watching my beloved Colimbo right now and googled the N number of this plane. Too bad it got damaged! Nice plane.. So I wonder the back story on who owned the plane and how it saw it's way into multiple television shows. Wonder what the common denominator was? Owned by the same studio exec or what?